Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Project Management Software: Is There a One-Stop Remodeling Solution?

What do you use for project management software, remodelers? If you haven't already weighed in, join the conversation on d5R about project management software, in response to a reader who posed this question:
"I've been using Basecamp, however it's coming up short with managing multiple projects. One solution I am looking at is JetStream, which has been created specifically for the construction and remodeling industry. Are there other options out there?"
 Here's some of what your peers are saying:
I'm the definition of small contractor. Have even been referred to as a "Trunk Slammer" in some circles and I use UDA ConstructionSuite. My accountant and biz advisor once emphatically remarked when he found out I use UDA, "YOU use UDA?". It's a chunk of cash fer sure and most likely the big, big, big shops are more likely to use UDA....
and
I have yet to find one business management software for the remodeling industry that covers everything soup to nuts, from marketing for leads all the way through to re-marketing to customers after selling to them and completing their projects....
And thanks especially to John Clark of @designREMODEL, in Cape Cod, who shared this information (and more):
... I spent the better part of 2 days looking at (and trying out) the many Project Management Programs out there. (Note. I only looked at web based programs that I could access from anywhere with an internet connection.)

This is what I found. Many were very simple and limited. Example: Basecamp

Some had every feature and option possible. Example: Podio. Great for someone computer savvy, overwhelming and complex for most of my clients.

For construction and remodeling companies, there were a number of choices. Examples. Jetstream and BuildTools had many features and options that I liked. However at about an average cost of $250 month.

Ultimately I decided to go with a PMP called Project Bubble that had most of the features that I was looking for, had a shallow learning curve and was simple and easy for clients and trade partners to use. And at $24 a month, easy on the wallet. Most likely I will transition to a industry specific PMP at some point, but for the foreseeable future this program will meet my needs.... 
What about you, remodelers? Learn from your peers and weigh in here.



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4 comments:

Abe Degnan said...

I've been using ImproveBuild RBS (Remodelers Business Solution) for about 5 years now. It's not perfect but its very good. If you use Quickbooks for your accounting, then this integrates with it and takes care of everything from lead management, design agreements, estimating, contracts, change orders, to post-construction things like warranty tracking. check out www.improvebuild.com

Anonymous said...

Been using Virtual Boss for years....

Gracie Christina said...

I also use some project management software for my business. Now Project Management Software is being designed with new and exciting innovative options to be used as additional helpers for managing your projects. The new options that are found in today's project scheduling software support the creation of a working plan ahead of beginning the task. Keep sharing similar post. Thanks.

GenieBelt said...

Try also GenieBelt!